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82% Say Workers Should Be Allowed To Choose Their Own Insurance

Though a majority of voters believe the system of employers providing health insurance to their workers is a good one, most believe employees should be allowed to pick their own.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 82% believe that, if it didn’t cost the employer any extra money, a worker should be allowed to pick his or her own health insurance plan if they didn’t like the one provided by the employer. Only eight percent (8%) say the worker should not have this option. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Voters were also asked about a scenario in which a company provides health insurance for a worker and his family that costs $1,000 a month but the worker decides to switch to other coverage that costs only $800 per month. In this situation, 52% of voters think the worker should get the $200 monthly savings, while 34% say the company should get it. Another 14% aren’t sure.

Still, 61% of voters like the fact that most working Americans have health insurance provided by their employer. Twenty-four percent (24%) do not think this is a good system for providing health insurance, while 15% more are undecided.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 24-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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